America’s Longest Run: A History of the
Walnut Street Theatre
By Andrew Davis
(Keystone Press, 412 pages)
America’s oldest theater, the Walnut has shown no signs of slowing after 200 years—not that it hasn’t had its ups and downs. Andrew Davis’ must-read account brings to life its early history as a circus, and the ensuing challenges faced amid economic tumult, technological advances, and the ever-changing whims of actors, directors and theatergoers.
While most 20-somethings have long since packed up their childhood toys, this Malvern-based artist is making offbeat masterpieces with his. Beekman’s Lite-Brite fixation has served him well so far. In 2007, he set the Guinness World Record for his 5-by-10-foot re-creation of da Vinci’s “Last Supper,” using more than 125,000 pegs. His record was broken last year, but the 29-year-old is now busy doing commissioned work. Myspace.com/beekrock.
Remembering Chester County
By Susannah Brody
(American Chronicles, 128 pages)
With more than 30 captivating vignettes, Uwchlan Township’s Susannah Brody uncovers the legends, controversies and secrets behind Chester County’s most noteworthy heroes and events—some celebrated, some a little more sinister. Of particular note: her recounting of a Goshen witch trial and Buffalo Bill’s stroll through West Chester.